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31 May

Comic Books Go Hollywood

Remember that stereotype about comic books being the realm of society’s outcasts, who live in their parents’ basement and never had a girlfriend?

Well, consider it shattered once and for all.

If you needed more proof that comic books appeal to everybody, just stop by your local movie theater. Isn’t it amazing how many of the showtimes are for a superhero movie?

Spider­Man and Batman are obvious hits that reliably make hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office (sequel after sequel). Yet, the Marvel (and DC Comics) universe reaches far beyond the most known superheroes.

The Hulk, Thor, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and even Ant Man. Every hero gets a movie made. (Female superheroes seem to be given a bit of a cold shoulder, as parodied brilliantly in this Saturday Night Live sketch about Black Widow).

In 2014 alone, there were 5 major superhero movie releases (Guardians of the Galaxy, X­men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider­Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and of course Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Superheroes are taking over our TV sets as well, with The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as one obvious example.

Sure, this superhero invasion of screens big and small is easily explained by the studios’ reliance on proven money­making sequels and by the Marvel/DC Comic’s desire to cash in on every property they own. Still, superhero movies wouldn’t be such a good bet for good box office haul if people didn’t want to watch superhero movies.

Why do we, the viewing public, love superhero movies so much these days? Maybe it’s the rise of truly amazing CGI effects, with IMAX and Dolby Surround Sound to put some extra POW and BANG into every villain fight. Maybe it’s the fact that the nerds of yesteryear are all grown up and aren’t afraid to put their movie­going money where their passion is.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is clear ­ comic book heroes and plots are no longer on the fringe but rather in that bat shaped spotlight. Comic books are super cool.

Whoever you are, there is a superhero for you, not in some dusty basement but right there on the big screen. Watching these cool movies and TV shows, you gotta wonder what is your comic story?

20 May

SECRET WARS Takes LITTLE MARVELS To New Heights With GIANT SIZE: AVX

Skottie Young’s Little Marvels are back and bigger than ever.

In Giant-Size Little Marvels: AVX, Young is expanding his Little Marvels past the cover and into a full-length story. Taking place in the Battleworld territory of Marville, Giant-Size Little Marvels: AVX tells the tale of two rival gangs of kids in a cartoon-inspired town that just might not be big enough for the both of them.

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18 Jun

Exclusive Preview: INFINITY GAUNTLET #1

Think your life is hard? Anwen Bakian’s family lives in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, scrounging for food and avoiding giant bugs intent on eating them. Mom left years ago to join the Nova force and never came back. So it’s just Anwen, her dad, her sister and her grandpa against the huge insects. That is, until she finds a mysterious stone that may or may not hold incredible cosmic power. Don’t miss this incredible new series by DEADPOOL writer Gerry Duggan and EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE writer/artist Dustin Weaver that will set the cosmic table for the Marvel Universe for years to come!

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